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Election Returns: Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Money Issues In Several Ozarks Communities

Every money issue on Tuesday’s election ballot in southwest Missouri has been approved by voters.

Nearly 80% of voters in Taney County said yes to a county-wide 1/2 cent sales tax issue for sewer improvements.

Camden County voters said yes to a 1/4 cent sales tax hike to allow the sheriff’s office to hire more deputies and increase pay. The sheriff plans to hire ten more deputies.

In Greene County, 72% of voters in the city of Republic said yes to a 3/4 cent sales tax increase to provide funding for the city’s police and fire departments. The city plans to add 12 additional police officers and 14 firefighters.

The fourth try was a charm in the Walnut Grove School District, as voters easily passed a tax levy increase for renovations and improvements to school buildings. The vote was 251-190.

The measure increases the tax levy by 79 cents per $100 of assessed value. The district plans to replace roofing, ceiling tiles, windows, plumbing and electrical systems for the elementary and high school buildings.

Proposition 1 gets a thumbs up from voters in the Brookline Fire Protection District, with 58% of voters approving a 50 cent tax levy increase for property owners to allow the district to add seven more full time firefighters.

Voters in Merriam Woods approved a special road fund tax by a 67-33% margin.

The city of Morrisville will be able to make water and sewer improvements after voters approved a bond issue with 31 yes to votes to only one no vote.

Folks in Humansville approved a tax levy increase to fund the special road district.

In Laclede County, the Water District 1 bond issue passed with 66% of the vote, while folks in Lebanon say yes to a storm water and parks sales tax by a 7-3 margin.

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